Tibet is such a mysterious place which has long attracted the attention of people from all over the world. Traveling to Tibet shall be fantastic as well as challenging due to its altitude. Then can the old travel to Tibet? The answer is “yes”. But, before your travel, make sure you know the following things.
Before the travel
(1) Experts say that the old can travel to Tibet except those who have uncontrolled glycuresis, epilepsy, high blood pressure, heart diseases, blood diseases, cranial vascular diseases, chronic respiratory system diseases, cardiovascular or hepatic diseases. So, go to the hospital to have a body examination to see if you have the above-said diseases and if the doctor says you can go there, then, you can go there.
.(2) Take good care of yourself and don’t get cold. You should rest well before you travel to Tibet and avoid getting cold, or it might block your trip for being cold in Tibet can be a really big trouble.
(3) Prepare certain drugs in case of emergencies. As the altitude of Tibet is pretty high (an average of more than 3000m), it has a very low oxygen content. And the temperature there can be extremely different from day to night. So you’d better take certain drugs with you. The following are some suggested drugs for you:
Altitude illness: Rhodiola Rosea;
Energy supplement: glucose;
Cold: white and black, etc.
Strengthen immunity: Vitamin C;
Heat-clearing: chrysanthemum tea, American Ginseng powder;
External use: gauze, bandage, woundplast, iodine, Yunnan Baiyao, etc.
Besides, you can also take some painkillers and antidiarrheal. These drugs are necessities for Tibet travelers both old and young.
(4) It is recommended that the old should have Rhodiola Rosen with black sugar or glucose at least one week in advance to avoid altitude illness.
After being in Tibet
(1) When you arrive in Tibet, you may find yourself a little bit uncomfortable due to the low oxygen content. At this time, you should calm down and don’t worry too much about yourself. You should be clear that that feeling is normal for people who are not grown up in Tibet. So, don’t be afraid, take some medicine, have a good rest and that feeling will disappear from two to four days. But if you are really serious, you should go to the hospital. (Well, in fact, there are few people having altitude illness in Lhasa, capital city of Tibet, for its altitude is comparatively low, and Lhasa is a good place for you to have a good rest and adapt yourself to the plateau for your later travel schedule.)
(2) When you move on the plateau, you should slow down your pace and rest properly, or you may feel quite tired. At the same time, you should also drink more water as the climate on the plateau is rather dry.
(3) In Tibet, the temperature changes a lot from day to night, so, you should pay attention to make yourself warm by adding clothes properly. Be careful not to get cold or have a fever, if so, you should take some medicine and stop traveling, and go back to somewhere lower to cure yourself if necessary.
(4) If you have altitude illness, you can eat some painkillers or drink water with Rhodiola Rosea roots. Try not to use oxygen mask if you can handle it by yourself. The oxygen mask is useful and can make you comfortable, but later, you may find it difficult for you to leave it.
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